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Cartoon by Clay Jones Donald Trump Will Meet With the President of Mexico

Cartoon by Clay Jones Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will head to Mexico on Wednesday to meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, the Mexican president and Trump confirmed today. "I have accepted the invitation of President Enrique Pena Nieto, of Mexico, and look very much forward to meeting him tomorrow," Trump tweeted Tuesday night. The Mexican presidency had ind...

Cartoon by Clay Jones U.S. Elections: Sexting and Bleached Emails

Cartoon by Clay Jones By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. All these Clinton emails are a slow bleed that cannot be stopped: drip, drip, drip... they keep coming. Hillary doesn’t have enough fingers to plug all the holes in the dike. Will her campaign sink, swim or sail to t...

Wikimedia Commons Concern Over Incident Against Press Freedom in Costa Rica

Flickr Commons MIAMI, Florida (August 26, 2016)—The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) today said it views with concern a series of actions taken against media and journalists in Costa Rica, Honduras and Venezuela in recent weeks that it said impair press freedom in the Latin American region. In Costa Rica, on August 18 a preventive embargo was filed against radio station Radio Columbia ...

FEALAC archive photo Costa Rica Stays in East Asia – Latin America Cooperation Bloc

FEALAC archive photo Laos and Venezuela presented their candidatures to co-chair the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC), the only body exclusively meant to enhance dialogue and cooperation between countries of the two regions. Their candidatures - to replace current co-chairs Guatemala and South Korea, whose term ends in 2017 - were one of the few outcomes of the 17th FE...

Wikimedia Commons Controversial U.S. Republican Plans on Moving to Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons Roger Stone, a notorious political strategist and lobbyist from the United States who initially managed the Donald Trump presidential election campaign, could soon relocate to Costa Rica. In a recent interview with the Financial Times, Mr. Stone lashed out against presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and envisioned a dystopian future for the U.S., where Muslim thugs will...

Cartoon by Clay Jones U.S. Elections: A Very Sordid State of Affairs

Cartoon by Clay Jones By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. Reading America’s political pulse this year is kinda like trying to find a survivor at the county morgue. Likely voters repeatedly are saying the overall direction of the United States of America is pretty much de...

Thousands of Cuban migrants remain in shelters across Costa Rica.  (CIDH/Twitter) Immigrant Population of Costa Rica Swells to Ten Percent (VIDEO)

African migrants in Costa Rica; OAS As a nation of relative prosperity, safety and stability in Central America, Costa Rica has long attracted large numbers of migrants from the region. In recent years, it has drawn a growing influx from several Caribbean countries as well as from Africa and Asia, including some 22,000 Cubans seeking a route to the United States in 2015. The more than 400,0...

Police with hatchling turtles in Moín, Limón, MSP. Police Release Hundreds of Hatchling Sea Turtles in Limón, CR

By Wendy Anders Police on duty in Limón on Costa Rica’s Atlantic coast may feel more like environmentalists than public safety workers lately. Since leatherback sea turtle eggs they have held in a protected area started hatching a few days ago, the officials have been busy getting the hatchlings to the beach in the evening and night hours for their entry into the sea, reported the Ministry o...

FARC rebels, Colombia, source Facebook. Breaking: Colombian Govt and FACR Rebels Reach Historic Agreement

By Wendy Anders This afternoon, the Washington Post reported from Havana, Cuba that an agreement was reached by the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) leftist rebel group to end the continent’s longest conflict after after 52 years of fighting. After nearly four years of negotiations and a ceasefire announced in June, “'We have finished fighting with w...

Wikimedia Commons French Burkini Brouhaha: Police Tell Women to Take It Off

Wikimedia Commons Social networks users have expressed their outrage on Wednesday in support of two women on the beaches in Nice and Cannes, who were confronted by French police and made to remove some of their clothing as part of a controversial ban of the burkini, the full-body swimsuit. U.K. newspapers published pictures on Tuesday night of one of the two women being surrounded by four m...

Unions United in Action (Unidad Sindical en Acción)  meeting July 15, 2016 at Hotel Balmoral. Union Leaders Call for Sept. 1 Protest as Prelude to Mass Strike

By Wendy Anders Over the past month, leaders from about 20 unions and civic groups have held a series of meetings to define a common agenda to defend the rights of the country’s public sector employees, announced the Communication and Energy Industry Employees Union (ASDEICE). After their third meeting yesterday at the Ambassador Hotel in San José they announced a protest planned for Thursda...

Cartoon by Clay Jones U.S. Elections: Photo Opportunities and Rounds of Golf

Cartoon by Clay Jones By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. In a surprising turn of events, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has a 2-point nationwide lead over Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton, according to a new poll released Sunday by the L.A. Times and t...

Punch cover from the late 19th century. From the private collection of Britt Nelson Political Cartoons: An Endangered Journalism Practice

Cartoon by Clay Jones Since the 18th century, news readers have found some of the most incisive, acerbic and brutally honest commentary about current affairs in the form of political (editorial) cartoons. Regrettably, political cartoons in the 21st century have been in a state of demise that many believe is related to the death of printed newspapers; however, the death of editorial cartoons...

Source: Liam Stack Twitter Naked Donald Trump Statues Suddenly Appear Across U.S.

Source: Liam Stack Twitter New York City authorities on Thursday removed a life-size, naturally-colored statue of a completely naked Donald Trump from Union Square in downtown Manhattan.   The statue is the work of a group of artists known as Indecline, which by placing the figure of the Republican presidential nominee in the middle of a heavily traveled square were aiming to protes...

Wikimedia Commons U.S. Elections: I Pledge Allegiance to My Candidacy

Wikimedia Commons By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. Expats living in Costa Rica, who grew up in the United States of America, can say goodbye to the Pledge of Allegiance that was recited daily by schoolchildren everywhere beginning in 1945. For most Americans, Executiv...

Ocelot: Wikipedia In Wake of 12 Ocelot Highway Deaths, Immediate Action Demanded

By Wendy Anders The country’s Ombudsman’s Office (Defensoría de los Habitantes, in Spanish) felt the need to intervene in a troubling situation in which 12 ocelots have been killed on Costa Rica’s roads since January, pointing out that there are also human risks involved with wild animals crossing roads. Although the need for special passageways for wild animals to cross highways has been cl...

Ministry of Public Security and Inciensa sign agreement. Public Safety and Public Health Officials Team Up for Prevention

By Wendy Anders La Carpio, an impoverished neighborhood in the San Jose metro area. (ICR-CRS Archive) The Ministry of Public Security and the Costa Rican Nutrition and Health Research and Teaching Institute (Inciensa) signed an agreement today to work together on projects in vulnerable areas of the country. The primary goal of the initiative, said ministry officials today at a press conf...

LGBT flag Human Rights Commission Praises LGBT-Friendly Laws in Costa Rica

Washington, D.C. - The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) welcomes the progress made in recent months with regard to the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex persons (LGBTI), particularly in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, the United States, and Uruguay. With regard to non-discrimination within the family s...

Costa Rican Foreign Ministry. Costa Rica and Germany Sign Agreement to End Double Taxation

By Wendy Anders Last Wednesday August 10 at Germany’s Federal Foreign Ministry Office, Costa Rica and Germany celebrated the ratification of the establishment of legal instruments as part of an agreement to eliminate double taxation of income and assets, stated Costa Rica’s Ministry of Foreign Relations in a press release Friday. The agreement aims to provide clear guidelines for both co...

Cartoon by Clay Jones U.S. Elections: Slim Pickings for Voters

Cartoon by Clay Jones By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. Everywhere you look you these days you keep hearing why can’t voters come up with better candidates for president of the United States? Here we are, stuck with establishment-backed Democrat Hillary Clinton and her de...

ISIS fighters in Iraq. (Wikimedia Commons) Donald Trump Believes U.S. President Obama is the Founder of ISIS

ISIS fighters in Iraq. (Wikimedia Commons) The Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, said today that the current president of the United States, Barack Obama, is "the founder" of the Islamic State (IS). During a campaign rally in Sunrise, west of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Trump criticized Obama's counterterrorism strategy and said he is "the founder of IS" and that his rival in the ...

source United Nations, indigenous school in Colombia. Costa Rica’s Indigenous Education Must be Strengthened, Says Ombudsman

By Wendy Anders Costa Rica’s Ombudsman’s Office (Defensoría de los Habitantes) exhorted the government yesterday to continue strengthening indigenous education in order to reduce the gap between them and other students. The country’s current over 14,000 students enrolled in indigenous educational programs. Indigenous groups continue to face a gap in the quality and access to education in Cos...

President Duterte, Wikimedia Commons U.S. Elections: Lessons from the Philippines’ War on Drugs

President Duterte, Wikimedia Commons By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. Angry citizens and angry voters in the United States of America have only to look to the Philippines to see what can happen when certain elements of society get so out of control the government no long...

A police officer stands guard outside the Mossack Fonseca law firm office in Panama City April 12, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso The Panama Papers: Expert from Costa Rica Slams Evaluation

Police officers stand guard at the entrance of the Mossack Fonseca law firm office in Panama City April 12, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso American Joseph Stiglitz, co-recipient of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economics, has quit an expert commission the Panamanian government created on April 30 to evaluate the country's financial system in the wake of the Panama Papers leak, officials said. Swiss e...

Trumpoleon. Cartoon by Clay Jones U.S. Elections: Will Donald Trump Make it to the Debates?

Trumpoleon. Cartoon by Clay Jones By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. Just the other day a thrill-seeking sky diver jumped out of a perfectly good airplane at 25,000 feet without a parachute and survived. Donald Trump just did the same thing; but, will he survive a 15-point...

Zoilamérica Ortega Murillo,  Facebook. Nicaragua’s Nov. Election Preparations Off to Troubling Start

By Wendy Anders Wikimedia Commons Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega ousted 28 opposition lawmakers in July in advance of the country’s November elections, and the rocky road towards his probable reelection continues with no opposition candidates in the field. The former Independent Liberal Party (PLI) legislators are expected to appeal to the OAS for support for their removal which occu...

Cuban migrants receive Red Cross aid in Costa Rica Costa Rica Joins International Plan to Protect Asylum Seekers

African migrants in Costa Rica; OAS The United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, welcomes the San Jose Action Statement released today where nine countries from North and Central America  vowed  to work together to strengthen protection of refugees fleeing Central America, a landmark step ahead of UN and US summits next month on refugees and migrants. “It is vital and immensely gratifying to s...

Wikimedia Commons Nicaragua Reelections: Yes, My Wife is My Running Mate

Wikimedia Commons President Daniel Ortega will seek re-election to a third consecutive term in November, this time with his wife, Rosario Murillo, on the ticket as vice president in a contest from which Nicaragua's main opposition was pushed aside by government maneuvers. The 70-year-old Ortega filed papers Tuesday with the national elections commission to run for a fourth term as president...

Cuba Colombia Will Deport Cuban Migrants Planning to Reach the U.S.

The more than 2,000 Cuban migrants who have congregated in the northwestern Colombian border town of Turbo near the Panamanian border and who want to continue their journeys to the United States, will be deported to their home country or to the country they came from to illegally enter Colombia, President Juan Manuel Santos said Monday. According to what Santos told local media, Colombian autho...

Cartoon by Clay Jones U.S. Elections: The Olympics of Political Cheap Shots

Cartoon by Clay Jones By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. Every four years, the Olympics of American politics gets underway and this year is no exception. The primaries have come and gone as well as both national political conventions. Now there are two contenders; both are...

Source: Boss Tweed, Flickr Commons Naked Pictures of Donald Trump’s Wife Published by N.Y. Post

Source: Boss Tweed, Flickr Commons The New York Post published nude photographs Sunday of Melania Trump, wife of billionaire developer and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, that were taken in the 1990s. The photos were taken during a 1995 modeling session in Manhattan and were published by defunct French men's magazine Max, the tabloid reported. "This was a picture taken fo...

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (C) listens during an official meeting with Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) and then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) during an official state visit by the Nicaraguan president to Iran in 2007. 28 Opposition Legislators Ousted in Nicaragua

(CRS Archive) A group of 28 opposition lawmakers who were unseated by Nicaragua's electoral authority said they had been the victims of a "coup." "The mass ouster of opposition lawmakers is an unprecedented move in Nicaraguan history, and with it (President) Daniel Ortega ... is staging a coup on the legislature," the unseated lawmakers said Friday in a statement read by the now-former lead...

Cartoon by Clay Jones U.S. Elections: A Matter of Trust

Cartoon by Clay Jones By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. Now that both the Republicans and the Democrats have held their national conventions, not much has changed. Republican New York billionaire Donald Trump and Democrat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have acc...

Source: PRC FM Costa Rica and China: 10 Years of Diplomacy

Source: PRC FM Earlier this month, Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Foreign Minister Manuel Gonzalez Sanz of Costa Rica in Beijing. Wang Yi expressed that Costa Rica is an important cooperative partner of China in Central America. China is willing to join hands with Costa Rica to further promote exchanges between government departments, legislative bodies and political parties of bo...

AHPPA Refugio Animal Shelter Costa Rica Animal Welfare Law Passes Costa Rican Legislature

By Wendy Anders The Costa Rican Legislative Assembly voted in favor of legislation to protect animal welfare yesterday. The President’s press office reported that the law, Ley #18,298 (Bienestar Animal), has received unconditional support from the executive branch, which has already started to implement actions along these lines The law stipulates sanctions against anyone who physically h...

Isain Mandujano Twitter Mexican Teachers Take Over Chiapas International Airport

Isain Mandujano TwitterHundreds of striking teachers, joined by students and parents, blocked access to the main international airport in the southern state of Chiapas for 10 hours on Monday, Mexican authorities told EFE. With state and federal police deployed at Angel Albino Corzo International Airport, protesters led by the Chiapas branch of the militant CNTE teachers union set up blockades ...

President Luis Guillermo Solis National Holiday: Costa Rica President Dances, Slips and Falls

President Solis President Luis Guillermo Solis fell on his backside during a cultural celebration commemorating the Annexation of Nicoya to Costa Rica. The spill took place during the performance of El Torito, a traditional dance that symbolizes the cultural heritage of the Guanacaste province. President Solis was in Nicoya on this national holiday to report on the little progress made by h...

IOM’s virtual learning platform on migration addresses human trafficking. Photo: IOM/ María del Mar Gonzalez 2016 Costa Rica Hosted International Training Against Human Trafficking

IOM’s virtual learning platform on migration addresses human trafficking. Photo: IOM/ María del Mar Gonzalez 2016Costa Rica - IOM has trained a group of 35 Mesoamerican counter trafficking specialists as trainers for its Virtual Course on Trafficking in Persons (TiP) developed for the region. The training, which took place in Costa Rica on 20 and 21 July ahead of the World Day Against Traffick...

Cartoon by Clay Jones U.S. and Mexico Prepare for “Worst-Case Scenario Trump Election”

Cartoon by Clay JonesBy Lucia Leal U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto hailed this Friday the strength of bilateral relations and their belief they will continue even if Donald Trump comes to power in January, on the day after the magnate accepted the Republican presidential candidacy without ever abandoning his anti-immigrant rhetoric. In what was probably ...

Cartoon by Clay Jones U.S. Elections: Political Suicide at Donald Trump’s Nomination

Cartoon by Clay Jones By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. Against all odds, New York billionaire Donald Trump has done what most people said he could not do by being selected Thursday night as the Republican Party’s presidential nominee. At the start of this year’s politic...

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